MARCH 7, 2011: Lauren Boubel, 10, left, and Ariana Marquis, 9, examine a soft shell clam's digestive apparatus in their fourth-grade classroom at Fisher- Mitchell Elementary School in Bath. Today is exactly 11-and-a-half years since I came to work at The Times Record, to chronicle the Mid-coast from Freeport to Wiscasset, from Phippsburg to Richmond, and Harpswell to Lisbon Falls. It’s been my privilege to show readers the things they miss. To be their eyes when they’re not there to see things first hand. It’s humbling to look back over a whole year’s worth of photos, to pick out a few to share again. I’m reminded and amazed at what a fabulous job I have. Thank you, and here’s to a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
Troy R. Bennett, Chief Photographer
MAY 12, 2011: An osprey flies away with an unlucky fish, snatched from the mouth of the Kennebec River on a sunny afternoon.
JULY 2, 2011: Betty Crocker gives Elvis tribute artist Robert Washington a hug while he sings on stage at Bath Heritage Days. The pair used to be co-workers at Bath Iron Works and Crocker has already asked him to sing at her funeral.
JULY 30, 2011: Joe St. Amand kisses a fish held by Daphne Izer during a “Screetching In” ceremony, making him an honorary Newfoundlander. Izer, a native of Newfoundland, hosts an annual picnic for expatriate Newfoundlanders in the back yard of her Lisbon home.
AUG. 9, 2011: NWA On Fire heel Brian Fury grapples with an opponent during a battle royal match at the Topsham Fair.
MAY 4, 2011: Lance Cpl. James Arnold of Marine Company A, 1st Battalion, 25th Regiment, says goodbye to his dog, Pete, in Topsham as he gets under way for a deployment to Afghanistan.
MARCH 26, 2011: Aaron Redfern and Hanlon Kelley dance at the 21st annual Down East Friends of the Folk Arts’ Down East Country Dance Festival at Mt. Ararat Middle School.
FEB. 16, 2011: Nate Reno, left, and David Wilson Jr. flip chainsaw-cut chunks of ice out of the way, exposing the rich clam flats below. Local diggers hired the pair to help clear the way for harvesting in Quahog Bay in Harpswell.